Talk about whether or not programs should be compensating their football players has become louder and louder in the past few months. Both Louisville’s Charlie Strong and Kentucky’s Mark Stoops were asked about that this week.
Strong said he believes it eventually will happen. “With the money being made with TV contracts, we’ve got to find a way where we can pay players,” he said. “I think it’s going to happen because if enough coaches take a stance about it, it will work its way out.”
He also added that coaches are overpaid and players should make some compensation for their hard work. “We’re making a lot of money and the players aren’t making anything, so I’d like to see that happen for them.”
Stoops called it a complex issue.
“I realize it’s very complicated. It’s not as easy as just to say, ‘Yeah, I’d like to pay the players,’” Stoops said on Wednesday night after practice. “I mean, of course I’d like to give the players more, but I also realize that’s a very complicated issue. You’re getting into a lot of things that I don’t have the answers for.
“So would I be in favor of giving the players a little bit more money? Sure. But I would have no idea about how to go about doing that, and I don’t think a lot of people do.”